Caring for Fido’s Furry Feet

Our canine pals certainly leave their paw prints on our hearts, as well as on our floors and driveways. Those furry feet are actually crucial to your dog’s health and well-being. They cushion his bones and joints when he jumps up for a toy, help him gain traction when he races through the house to greet you, and enable him to run around looking for treats. In order to keep Fido’s furry feet in good shape, you’ll need to provide those little paws with simple but regular care. Below, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses doggy paw care.

Seasonal Hazards

In summer, walking on hot surfaces can cause Fido to develop painful burns and blisters. Just like ours, dogs’ skin gets very delicate after immersion in water, so be extra careful with your pooch after he’s been swimming. Winter brings another set of problems. Snow, ice, sand, salt, and chemical de-icing agents can all hurt your pup’s paws. Try to stay soft surfaces when walking your furry pal. We also recommend wiping your pooch’s feet down with a damp cloth after each walk.

Nails

Overgrown nails can cause several problems for our canine pals. If Fido’s claws get too long, they can become quite painful. This can make walking and running uncomfortable, and can even affect his gait! Long nails can also contribute to or exacerbate painful bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis. Be sure to keep your canine buddy’s nails clipped. If you’re uneasy about doing it yourself, just call us to schedule a quick ‘pawdicure’ appointment.

Protection

One way to protect your canine friend’s feet is to get him little booties. This is a hit-or-miss solution: some dogs love prancing around in fancy footwear, while others absolutely hate wearing shoes. If your pup won’t go for boots, don’t force him. Instead, use a paw balm or paw wax to protect his paw pads.

Paw Check

Make sure to regularly inspect your pup’s paws. Check those furry little toes to be sure Fido doesn’t have anything stuck between them. Look for swelling, cuts, blisters, abrasions, or other signs of trouble. You can treat minor scratches yourself with an antiseptic, but for anything more than a light nick, contact your vet immediately.

Please contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!